Playing mqa from tidal through Roon to the h590 I don’t see the h590 indicating it is mqa. In Roon the signal path can ex. tell me it is playing an 48KHz mqa file which unfolds to 96KHz and in the signal path it seems fine
But the h590 then shows 44.1KHz(not even 48KHz as the source file) and no indication of mqa. Should Iexoect an indication of mqa and why does it show 44.1KHz for a 48KHz source file?
The version is Hegel 590 S CD which should have mqa on all inputs
According to the signal path, your core is sending a 48 kHz PCM stream to the amp with MQA signalling. It appears that Roon is not set to use the core decoder.
From what I’ve read elsewhere, for MQA support on all inputs, the serial number must include an ‘E’. However, you haven’t stated which input you are using, which is relevant to decode / render, but doesn’t explain the sample rate discrepancy. You may want to try an alternative recording to eliminate the possibility that the metadata are incorrect.
** On products produced after August 2020 and containing the letter “E”
in the serial number, the H590 supports MQA on all digital inputs
and supports DSD(DoP) on all digital inputs except optical.
I trust Roon’s signal path, and everything looks correct upto the Hegel, after that I agree it looks very odd and this is now inside the Hegel. After the Hegel, Roon is simply displaying what the Hegel is reporting back.
Try power cycling the Hegel, it may have gotten into a bad state.
Does the Hegel have the latest firmware installed?
unfolding to MQA 44.1 works and I see the “mqa full decoder” after the Hegel step in the signal path(as shown earlier screenshot) MQA 48K or MQA 96K doesn’t work (and I don’t see the “mqa full decoder” engaged and the Hegel will display 44.1K which seems incorrect
Thanks for the suggestions. That is a nice catch with hifi+ but
I do have Tidal Hifi+ and it is working just fine on my Nad M33 right besides the h590.
I am trying to figure out which to keep. The Hegel has a little edge in dynamics to my ears, but until now I am not that happy with how it handles MQA over network.
I also experience the same problems using tidal via upnp/mconnect. So it does seem like a firmware problem unless there is some strange restriction that it can only unfold 44.1 MQA(where 44.1 is after unfold) on the network interface
I will try to factory reset the Hegel when I am home again
Factory Reset didn’t make any difference it will stil only engage it’s MQA decider with files which unfold to 24bit 44.1KHz MQA all higher sample frequencies it will just show 44.1 without engaging its MQA decoder
This H590 would play anything up to 24bit/192khz via network, MQA will be decoded automatically when present in the stream, that is a mandatory feature which can’t be changed or bypassed. What you see in the display would be the signal received by the amp, so I this is likely a problem with the Roon setup.
A normal signal path and corresponding display shown below: